Gonzaga Defeats Washington State 71-69 - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Gonzaga Defeats Washington State 71-69

Gonzaga Defeats Washington State 71-69

  • Also on KHQ.comMore>>

  • From Joy to Agony in a Matter of Seconds

    From Joy to Agony in a Matter of Seconds

    (YouTube)(YouTube)
    There was the ESPN version of Wednesday night's game between Gonzaga and Washington State. And then there was the more personal fan perspective.>>
    There was the ESPN version of Wednesday night's game between Gonzaga and Washington State. And then there was the more personal fan perspective – one that tells the story of the last few seconds of the Cougars' loss to the Zags.>>

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Kevin Pangos had a tough shooting night, until the game was on the line.

Then the Gonzaga guard drove the length of the court and made a layup with 2 seconds left for a 71-69 victory over Washington State on Wednesday night, giving the Bulldogs (9-0) the best start in their Division I history.

Pangos made just 1 of 11 shots before the game-winner.

"My thought process was to just get to the rim,'' Pangos said.

"It wasn't my best shooting night, to say the least,'' he said. "But I've struggled offensively before. I forgot about the misses and just kept shooting.''

Elias Harris scored 23 points and Kelly Olynyk had 22, all in the second half, for Gonzaga, which had been tied with the 1994-95 team for best start.

"We gave game balls to both of these guys,'' Gonzaga coach Mark Few said of Harris and Olynyk. "These two players down the stretch were big for us.''

Olynyk, who redshirted last season, made 10 of 14 shots to keep Gonzaga in the game in the second half.

"Olynyk couldn't have made these plays a year ago,'' Few said. "He's turning into a strong player.''

Brock Motum had 23 points and DaVonte Lacy added 22 for Washington State (5-4), which saw its three-game winning streak snapped.

Motum hit a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left to bring WSU within 68-67.

Gary Bell Jr. made a free throw for Gonzaga, and Lacy made a layup to tie the score at 69.

That set up Pangos' drive that gave him eight points.

"It was a great college basketball game,'' Washington State coach Ken Bone said. "It was a fun game to be involved in, a stressful game to coach.

"Gonzaga is very good,'' Bone said. "There is a reason they are the No. 10 team in the country.''

Olynyk, who had 10 points in the first 8 minutes of the second half, scored three straight baskets as Gonzaga built a 41-36 lead.

Consecutive 3-pointers by Harris and Mike Hart gave Gonzaga a 56-45 lead with 7:26 left.

Lacy hit two 3-pointers to bring WSU within 58-51 with 6 minutes left and consecutive 3-pointers by Motum cut Gonzaga's lead to 60-57 with 3:31 left.

Lacy's 3-pointer tied the score at 60, but Olynyk made a putback and the free throw for a 63-60 lead. Two free throws by Motum cut Gonzaga's lead to one.

Lacy was fouled on a drive and made both free throws to put WSU up 64-63 with 1:29 left. Olynyk made a layup for a 65-64 lead. He missed the free throw, but Gonzaga got the rebound and Olynyk hit a 3-pointer for a 68-64 lead with 33.5 seconds left.

"This was a very enthusiastic effort down the stretch,'' Few said of his team.

Bone praised Lacy, who scored 17 points in the second half.

"There is a level of toughness and confidence and the other guys feed off his confidence,'' Bone said of Lacy. "If he is on the floor, it raises our team's confidence.''

Washington State leads the all-time series between the eastern Washington rivals 98-49.

  • College

    • Photo: Gonzaga Athletics

      Gonzaga's Bies & Legumina named to All-WCC First Team

      The First Team honors were the first all-conference awards of any kind for both Bies and Legumina, while redshirt freshman Ernie Yake was named to the All-WCC Second Team.

    • Photo: EWU Athletics

      Eagles announce 2018 soccer schedule

      The Eagles racked up a program-best 16-6-1 overall record with a 7-1-1 mark in conference play a year ago to win their first regular season championship title since 2004.

    • Photo: Whitworth Athletics

      Joial Griffith named as Whitworth's new women's basketball coach

      Whitworth is coming off a 10-15 record in 2017-18.  Griffith takes over for Higgs, who won 361 games in 24 years leading the Pirates and ranked 48th in total victories among active Division III coaches at the time of her retirement.

    • Photo: Washington State Athletics

      Cougars fall 4-2 at No. 3 Stanford

      WSU (15-31-1, 7-19-1 Pac-12) outhit Stanford 10-6 but the Cardinal (43-8, 21-6 Pac-12) used three straight two-out hits in the sixth inning to even the game and take a 4-2 lead.

    • Photo: Gonzaga Athletics

      Gonzaga falls 4-3 against Santa Clara on Senior Day

      Gonzaga will be back in action on Thursday at the WCC Tournament at a time to be determined. Live coverage will be available on GoZags.com.

    • Gonzaga Runs Away Early in 9-0 Win Over Santa Clara

      SPOKANE, Wash. — Gonzaga baseball posted nine runs in the first two innings and Alek Jacob struck out 12 on the way to a 9-0 shutout win over Santa Clara on Saturday night. The win moved Gonzaga to 29-21 overall and 16-10 in the West Coast Conference, and kept them within one game of Pepperdine for the league lead. The Waves beat Portland 6-2 to hold on to the top spot. On Sunday, a Gonzaga win and Pepperdine loss would clinch the No. 1 seed...

    More
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Washington St.WSUMore>>

  • Cougars fall 4-2 at No. 3 Stanford

    Cougars fall 4-2 at No. 3 Stanford

    Photo: Washington State AthleticsPhoto: Washington State Athletics
    Photo: Washington State AthleticsPhoto: Washington State Athletics

    WSU (15-31-1, 7-19-1 Pac-12) outhit Stanford 10-6 but the Cardinal (43-8, 21-6 Pac-12) used three straight two-out hits in the sixth inning to even the game and take a 4-2 lead.

    >>

    WSU (15-31-1, 7-19-1 Pac-12) outhit Stanford 10-6 but the Cardinal (43-8, 21-6 Pac-12) used three straight two-out hits in the sixth inning to even the game and take a 4-2 lead.

    >>
  • Cougars comeback falls short; WSU loses to No. 3 Stanford 9-6

    Cougars comeback falls short; WSU loses to No. 3 Stanford 9-6

    WSU AthleticsWSU Athletics
    WSU AthleticsWSU Athletics
    WSU Athletics STANFORD, Calif. – Washington State brought the tying run on deck after scoring six runs in the ninth inning but No. 3 Stanford held on for a 9-6 victory at Sunken Diamond Saturday afternoon.   WSU (15-30-1, 7-18-1 Pac-12) received two-hit games from Andres Alvarez, Dillon Plew and Brody Barnum. Blake Clanton had a three-run triple as part of a six-run ninth inning for the Cougars who saw the game's final out made after Barnum singled to right field to drive ...>>
    WSU Athletics STANFORD, Calif. – Washington State brought the tying run on deck after scoring six runs in the ninth inning but No. 3 Stanford held on for a 9-6 victory at Sunken Diamond Saturday afternoon.   WSU (15-30-1, 7-18-1 Pac-12) received two-hit games from Andres Alvarez, Dillon Plew and Brody Barnum. Blake Clanton had a three-run triple as part of a six-run ninth inning for the Cougars who saw the game's final out made after Barnum singled to right field to drive ...>>
  • Washington State adds three to 2018 signing class

    Washington State adds three to 2018 signing class

    Photo: Twitter/@WSUCougFBPhoto: Twitter/@WSUCougFB
    Photo: Twitter/@WSUCougFBPhoto: Twitter/@WSUCougFB

    McDougle (5-11, 295), played the 2017 season at West Virginia where he earned Freshman All-America honors from ESPN.com.

    >>

    McDougle (5-11, 295), played the 2017 season at West Virginia where he earned Freshman All-America honors from ESPN.com.

    >>